November/December 2011

ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program

Certified Automation Professionals (CAPs) are responsible for the direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems.

CAP question

Which of the following areas is not likely to be a concern when designing a Building Automation System?

A.  Energy management

B.  Access control

C.  Substation capacity

D.  Lighting control

The correct answer is (C), substation capacity. This is a concern to the electrical systems design, not to the Building Automation System design effort.

Energy management, access control, lighting control, asset management, communications, life safety, fire alarm, and HVAC controls are all of interest when designing a Building Automation System and should be addressed in the appropriate design definition documents.

Reference: Trevathan, Vernon L., A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge (2nd Edition)